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HSC Music 1 Marking Guidelines – Practical tasks and submitted works

Practical tasks and submitted works

Task: Performance Core and Elective (20 marks)

Assessment criteria
Candidates will be assessed on their musical effectiveness through:

  • Demonstration of technical skills
  • Stylistic interpretation of the chosen repertoire
  • Sense of musical expression and sensitivity to the chosen repertoire
  • Demonstration of solo and/or ensemble techniques

Outcomes assessed: H1, H2, H7

Marking guidelines

Criteria Marks
  • Demonstrates highly-developed technical skills incorporating technical fluency, technical facility, intonation and articulation appropriate to the chosen repertoire
  • Demonstrates perceptive stylistic understanding through performing repertoire using articulation, dynamics and expressive techniques
  • Performs with a well-developed sense of personal expression, demonstrated by the use of appropriate expressive techniques and a sensitivity to the chosen style
  • Demonstrates a highly-developed understanding of solo/ensemble techniques including understanding of the role of soloist/ensemble member, communication with accompanist/ensemble and issues of balance
17–20
  • Demonstrates developed technical skills incorporating technical fluency, technical facility, intonation and articulation appropriate to the chosen repertoire
  • Demonstrates stylistic understanding through performance of the chosen repertoire using articulation, dynamics and expressive techniques
  • Performs with a sense of personal expression, demonstrated by the use of expressive techniques and sensitivity to the chosen style
  • Demonstrates a developed understanding of solo/ensemble techniques including understanding of the role of soloist/ensemble member, communication with accompanist/ensemble and issues of balance
13–16
  • Demonstrates competent technical skills. Some problems in maintaining technical fluency and technical facility are evident as are inconsistencies in intonation
  • Demonstrates a sense of stylistic understanding through performance of the chosen repertoire. The articulation and/or dynamics and/or expressive techniques may not be consistently appropriate to the chosen style
  • Performs the chosen repertoire with a sense of musical expression, with an attempt to incorporate expressive techniques appropriate to the chosen style
  • Demonstrates a competent, although not consistent understanding of solo/ensemble techniques including understanding of the role of soloist/ensemble member, communication with accompanist/ensemble and issues of balance
9–12
  • Demonstrates some basic technical skill, although there are frequent inconsistencies in technical fluency, technical facility, and intonation
  • Demonstrates a basic stylistic understanding. Articulation and/or dynamics and/or expressive techniques are not consistently appropriate to the chosen style
  • Performs the chosen repertoire with little sense of musical expression
  • Demonstrates a limited awareness of the performer’s role as a soloist/ensemble member, which may be evident through lack of communication and balance in the ensemble or with the accompanist

5–8
  • Demonstrates very limited technical skills
  • Demonstrates little evidence of stylistic understanding of the chosen style
  • Performs the chosen repertoire with little or no sense of musical expression
  • Demonstrates little or no awareness of the performer’s role as a soloist/ensemble member

1–4

Task: Musicology Elective Viva Voce (20 marks)

Assessment criteria
Candidates will be assessed on how well it demonstrates:

  • A musicological focus
  • An understanding of the chosen topic
  • An understanding of musical concepts and the relationship between them
  • Relevant musical examples that support the discussion

Outcomes assessed: H2, H4, H5, H6, H7

Marking guidelines

Criteria Marks
  • Discussion has a clear and consistent musicological focus
  • Demonstrates a perceptive understanding of the chosen topic
  • Demonstrates high level aural awareness and understanding of musical concepts and their relationship to the chosen topic
  • Supports the discussion with relevant musical examples
17–20
  • Discussion has a musicological focus
  • Demonstrates a detailed understanding of the chosen topic
  • Demonstrates thorough aural awareness and understanding of musical concepts and their relationship to the chosen topic
  • Supports the discussion with relevant musical examples

13–16
  • Discussion has a musicological focus but may be inconsistent
  • Demonstrates a generally sound understanding of the chosen topic although there may be some inaccuracies
  • Demonstrates some aural awareness and ability to discuss the use of musical concepts in the chosen topic
  • Presents relevant musical examples
9–12
  • Makes an attempt to provide a musicological focus in the discussion
  • Demonstrates basic understanding of the chosen topic
  • Demonstrates basic aural awareness and skill in discussing the musical concepts
  • Presents some musical examples

5–8
  • Discussion lacks a musicological focus
  • Demonstrates limited understanding of the chosen topic
  • Demonstrates limited aural awareness and skill in discussing the musical concepts in the repertoire studied
  • Uses irrelevant or inappropriate musical examples
1–4

Task: Composition Elective (20 marks)

Assessment criteria
Candidates will be assessed on how well they demonstrate:

  • Stylistic understanding and topic representation
  • Understanding of musical concepts and the relationships between them
  • Knowledge of score conventions and performance directions

Outcomes assessed: H2, H3, H5, H7

Marking guidelines

Criteria Marks
  • Composes a work that successfully and coherently represents the chosen topic, demonstrating perceptive and accomplished understanding of style, the concepts of music, and the relationships between the concepts
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of score conventions and performance directions appropriate to the chosen topic
  • Demonstrates high level skills in organising ideas into musical structures
17–20
  • Composes a work that successfully and coherently represents the chosen topic, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the style, the concepts of music, and the relationships between the concepts
  • Demonstrates a detailed knowledge and understanding of score conventions and performance directions appropriate to the chosen topic
  • Demonstrates proficient skills in organising ideas into musical structures
13–16
  • Composes a work that represents the chosen topic, demonstrating an understanding of the style, the concepts of music, and the relationships between the concepts
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of score conventions and provides clear performance directions appropriate to the chosen topic
  • Demonstrates skills in organising ideas into musical structures
9–12
  • Composes a work that is a basic representation of the chosen topic, demonstrating some understanding of the style, the concepts of music, and the relationships between the concepts
  • Demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of score conventions and provides limited performance directions appropriate to the chosen topic
  • Demonstrates basic skills in organising ideas into musical structures
5–8
  • Composes a work that is a limited representation of the chosen topic, demonstrating little understanding of the style, the concepts of music, and the relationships between the concepts
  • Demonstrates limited knowledge and understanding of score conventions and provides few performance directions appropriate to the chosen topic
  • Demonstrates limited skills in organising ideas into coherent musical structures
1–4
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